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FE Civil Exam

The FE Civil Exam is a key milestone for aspiring civil engineers seeking professional licensure. Passing the exam demonstrates fundamental civil engineering knowledge and earns the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification. It also serves as a prerequisite for the PE exam, leading to licensure as a Professional Engineer—a distinction that enhances career opportunities and earning potential.

Exam Format
Calculator Policy

The NCEES calculator policy specifies that only certain calculator models are permitted during the FE exam to maintain exam integrity and fairness. As of my knowledge cutoff date in September 2021, the NCEES-approved calculator models for the FE exam are:

1) Casio FX-115 and FX-991 (all models)

2) Hewlett Packard HP 33s and HP 35s
3) Texas Instruments TI-30X and TI-36X (all models)

Examinees must bring their own calculators, and they must be one of the approved models. No other calculator models are allowed, and using an unapproved calculator may result in exam disqualification. It's important to verify the most current calculator policy on the NCEES website before the exam day.


Q: How do I register for the FE Civil Exam?

A: You can register for the FE Civil Exam by creating an account on the NCEES website (, selecting the FE Civil Exam, choosing a test center, and paying the exam fee.

Q: How long is the FE Civil Exam, and how many questions does it have?

A: The FE Civil Exam is 6 hours long, including a 25-minute scheduled break. The exam consists of 110 multiple-choice questions.

Q: What topics are covered on the FE Civil Exam?

A: The FE Civil Exam covers a range of topics, including mathematics, engineering sciences, statics, dynamics, materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, structural analysis, and more. The NCEES website provides detailed exam specifications.

Q: Can I bring my own reference materials to the exam?

A: No, the FE Civil Exam is a closed-book exam. However, you will be provided with an electronic reference handbook containing necessary formulas and information during the exam.

Q: When will I receive my FE Civil Exam results?

A: FE exam results are typically available within 7-10 days after the exam date. You will receive an email notification from NCEES when your results are available, and you can view them by logging into your MyNCEES account.

Q: What if I don't pass the FE Civil Exam on my first attempt?

A: If you don't pass the FE Civil Exam on your first attempt, you can retake it. However, you must wait at least three months before retaking the exam, and you are limited to three attempts within a 12-month period.

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